There are a lot of emotions at the busy end of a school year. Strongest of them all for me is gratitude.
I am grateful to be part of a tremendous team. Kaiser teachers and staff go above and beyond every day. They enfuse their work with passion, wisdom, care, and tenacity. At the beginning of this school year we welcomed Ms. Eckley and Ms. Thomas who so quickly became an integral part of our community. And as we close this year, we celebrate the legacy of Ms. Margaret as she retires after 16 years at Kaiser.
I am grateful to our families. Thanks to the outgoing PTA Board for your leadership and for making every event exceptional. Thanks to everyone who volunteered in any way. (That is almost ALL Kaiser families!) Several “graduating” 5th grade family members leave some big shoes to fill. Mike Louden is one: as our SSC chairperson, library lead, and a helping hand in a dozen other ways, he will be missed. On the other end of the spectrum, we saw many new Kaiser families dive in this year. I want to give a special shout out to Alicia Johnson, who played an integral role in all of our fundraising events and the Kaiser Action Committee.
I am most grateful to the top 285 reasons I love my job so much: our kids. I am proud of our 5th graders. They have spent over half of their life in elementary school and have learned and accomplished so much. Their experiences at Kaiser will influence the direction they will take throughout their lives. I am also proud of our kindergarteners whose development this year is exceptional. And to every child in between. I am so fortunate to serve you.
Our final two weeks are as full of learning, arts and fun as any this year. Wednesday evening our 4th and 5th graders share their gift of music in an evening performance. Friday we have our Field Day that was rescheduled due to last week’s rain. Next week Wednesday we celebrate our 5th graders’ transition to middle school, and Thursday is our last day of school for this academic year. Don’t forget that our final 3 days of school are minimum day (1:30) dismissal. Classes resume again Monday, August 12. Important information about registration is included below in this final edition of The Pink Panther of the year.
As we transition to summer, I want to encourage you all to make reading a big part of it. Oakland Public Libraries have excellent summer programs. And Raz-Kids will be available throughout the summer. Setting aside time 5 days a week through the summer makes a big difference.
Thanks, again, for making this a great year. Have a great summer!
~ Dennis Guikema, Principal